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Virginia in the process of filing waiver for Phillip Sims

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It remains to be seen whether or not his former high school torched this particular bridge, but Phillip Sims is in the process of giving playing sooner rather than later a shot.

Serving as the keynote speaker at a benefit luncheon Friday, Virginia head coach Mike London confirmed to those in the audience that the school has begun the process of filing a hardship waiver on Sims’ behalf that would allow the quarterback to be eligible immediately instead of sitting out a season.  London also confirmed that the waiver request would be based on a medical condition facing a member of Sims’ family in the area.

The specific health issue was not addressed, obviously, and London was uncertain how long the process would take to play out.

“We’ve just started that,” London said of the waiver process. “Who knows how long it will take?”

On April 27, Alabama officially announced that the Chesapeake, Va., high school product would be transferring from the Tide for what the player described in a statement as “personal matter”.  A couple of days later, however, Richard Morgan, Sims’ Oscar Smith High School coach, told a local paper that the reason behind the transfer was his former player didn’t want to sit behind A.J. McCarron the next two seasons.

While the failing health of a close family member is grounds for the NCAA to approve a waiver to play immediately, one’s standing on the depth chart is not.

If indeed Sims is granted a waiver, London said he wouldn’t necessarily be handed the starting job as some have intimated.

“The keys have not been handed over to this young man,” London told the crowd.

Last year’s starter, Michael Rocco, returns and still sits atop the depth chart.  While Rocco completed 60 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns last season, he also threw 12 interceptions and ranked 70th in the country — and ninth among the 12 starting QBs in the ACC — in passing efficiency.

Rocco’s backup, David Watford, who played in 10 games and attempted 74 passes last season, returns as well.  Counting Sims, the Cavaliers will have five scholarship QBs on the roster by the time summer camp opens in a couple of months, and London said all are aware that a competition will be in the offing.

“These guys understand the challenge,” London said. “They embrace the opportunity to compete. They’re great teammates and there’s no issues with them.”

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6 Responses to “Virginia in the process of filing waiver for Phillip Sims”
  1. seanb20124 says: May 13, 2012 8:41 AM

    I am sure a QB or two is looking at their transfer options out of Cville now

  2. kozbee says: May 13, 2012 10:01 AM

    This is all coming out funny lol.Sims reason is he doesnt want to sit out two years behind A.J.MCcarron.My thought on all this is recruits see teams just winning a NC and so they think maybe they will recruit me and i can finish school having a NC ring as a starter.Well imo this i see as Sims thinking he can just step right up and become a starter at a BIG SEC SCHOOL and tear his shirt off like Superman lol.Now he thinks hes going to wait two seasons then grab the starting job but Wait.Sims what makes you think that someone else will come along and still beat you out when A.J is gone if you were still there.IMO not a smart thinking kid,sure he isnt a JUCO with thoughts as his.I wonder what his GPA is..My thought on all this for advice to a recruit coming out of high school,if you want to start then look at some of the top schools and if they are in need of a good QB then you just might have a chance to start and who knows win that NC.But your surely not going to get it crying cause you wernt the best that you thought you were.IMO Sims just got educated on how the recruiting system really works.So he shows his skills again and goes to a school that lost their Bowl Game to a SEC school.

  3. charles130 says: May 13, 2012 11:07 AM

    Give the kid a break he just wants to keep playing football and its clear he won’t have a chance at Alabama. Its not like he ever said he was a better QB than McCarron or anything.

    The reality is a very small percentage of football players from any conference makes it to the NFL. Now he can still play football and get a real education that will help land a job when he graduates.

  4. metalhead65 says: May 13, 2012 2:06 PM

    good luck getting a waiver kid,you need a real good excuse.like transferring to dame! they let you play right away for good reasons like your dad got a job in indiana and you want to be close to your family. that other stuff like sick relatives or just not wanting to sit out a year just does not cut it with the ncaa.

  5. Spencer says: May 13, 2012 5:57 PM

    I feel bad for this kid. It was clearly not going to work out for him at Alabama when the transfer watch started pretty much the day of his decision.

  6. avallstar says: May 14, 2012 3:51 PM

    The best part is, Saban moved his whole family to Bama and gave them jobs. Now they’re all moving back for some mystery family member in poor health?? Riiiiight. If the NCAA approves this, they are a complete joke………oh, nevermind.

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